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Julia Izumi (she/her/hers) is a Japanese-American writer, performer, and educator who makes plays, musicals, odd theatrical things, and several opportunities for dance parties.

Her plays include miku, and the gods (O’Neill NPC Finalist, KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Runner-Up), Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things (CAATA National Asian-American ConFest, FringeNYC, Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab), and Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea (Brown University Mainstage), among others.


Her worked has been developed and presented at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, WP Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, Trinity Repertory Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Martin E. Segal Center, New Ohio Theater, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Habitat Theatre Company, On the Verge Summer Repertory, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, and the inaugural Corkscrew Theatre Festival.


She was selected for Theater Masters’ Take Ten, HB Studio’s First Floor Studio Residency (with director Logan Reed), Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup (with writer Molly Beach Murphy), the NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant. She received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. She is currently in Clubbed Thumb's Early-Career Writers' Group.

As a performer, she has performed at and with HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, Mabou Mines, Lust & Liberty, UglyRhino Productions, Communal Spaces with The Motor Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Goddard Rhetorical Prize for excellence in performance at Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. in Drama.

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